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No Preview Images in File Open Dialogs on Windows 7

I ran into a problem with a File Open dialog in Silverlight (but this applies to any Windows File Open Dialogs) where I could not get image previews to work. It turns out this setting is controlled by Explorer Customization settings which is a pain to figure out while tracking down the issue.

Silverlight ListBox Selections or what’s with SelectionChanged Events?

  I was musing today on Microsoft’s obsession with OnSelectionChanged events on list controls in general and particularily in Silverlight, which is what I’m working with at the moment.In one of the apps I’m mucking around with I have a ton of sidebar menu selections that get displayed and the easiest way to drive these is with ListBoxes. They look something like this: As you can see this...

Silverlight and Data Communications

Silverlight sports a host of 'data access' mechanisms that allow consumption of data from the server. However, if the data is highly dynamic and changeable the combination of a lack of dynamic data retrieval mechanisms, plus use of a static language like C# has made me wonder how to best approach the data access for a very dynamic application.

Silverlight and Threading

I've spent the better part of the last couple of days playing around with Silverlight 1.1 and it's been an interesting experience. It's both exciting and frustrating at the same time - exciting because it's incredibly nice to see .NET code running in the browser and being able to debug it....

Beyond HTML: Rich Internet Applications

Rich Internet Applications (RIA) is a term used to describe non HTML based, low impact Internet applications. RIA’s typically run in the browser (although they don’t have to) and get their data from the Web server over HTTP. One of the big selling points of RIA’s is that they provide many of the...
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